Sacramento, CA | Monday, September 18, 2017

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Elizabeth Williams
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Sacramento residents, the Seiber Family, are feeling so thankful for their beautiful son, Parker, they want to help others.

Now to be sure, Parker still has his difficulties. He was born with cerebral palsy, up to 50% brain malformation, a brain cyst, and developmental delay. At age 3 he was also diagnosed with autism. He faces a lot of challenges. “We recognize we would never have the blessing of Parker, without the extraordinary research, technology advancement and relentless work of the March of Dimes”, said Rich Seiber. “In addition to having world-class doctors and nurses, Parker is here today because of the work of this remarkable organization.” The Seibers are March of Dimes Ambassador Family for this year’s Sacramento Signature Chefs Auction taking place October 19. The family wants to make a difference and are sharing their story to help raise funds and increase awareness of the work of the March of Dimes to improve the health of moms and babies.

The statistics are staggering. Birth defects affect 1 in 33 babies and are a leading cause of infant mortality in the United States. Each year in the United States, more than 120,000 babies are born with a birth defect. There are thousands of different birth defects, affecting the structure or function of every part of the human body. The March of Dimes provides grants to researchers, with the goal of understanding the causes of birth defects and developing new ways to prevent and treat them. Currently, about 70 percent of the causes of birth defects are unknown.

Funds raised by the Signature Chefs Auction support the March of Dimes mission to improve the health of moms and babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. Funds raised will support March of Dimes programs that provide comfort and support for moms and babies as well as innovative research, including 32 research grants totaling almost $9 million in California alone, to find the unknown causes of premature birth and birth defects. March of Dimes hopes to raise over $250,000; funds raised will help support community programs such as prenatal wellness programs, research grants, neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) family support programs, education materials in English and Spanish, and advocacy efforts for moms and babies.  March of Dimes works with partners in Sacramento with health education programs, including “Becoming a Mom/Comenzando Bien”, Sacramento hospitals utilize March of Dimes health protocols, and state health leaders and March of Dimes have collaborated to launch the Community Birth Plan Initiative targeting the African-American community to address the region’s higher rates of preterm birth. 

“We are so grateful to the Seibers for sharing their time and their story to make a difference in the lives of others,” said Celia Wheeler, Executive Director of Market Development Sacramento Valley Market. ”We are also grateful to our talented chefs who are artists, innovators and philanthropists.”

 “The Signature Chefs Auction is a unique opportunity to experience the incredible, diverse culinary talent in Sacramento region while celebrating and supporting a great cause,” said Chris Jarosz, owner of The Patriot and Event Co-Chair. “We are thrilled and honored to have this gifted group of chefs joining us in our mission to help give every baby a fighting chance.”

Eleven talented, up-and-coming chefs will prepare tastings of their signature dishes created exclusively for the evening, paired with fine wines, beer and spirits resulting in a memorable, mouth-watering, epicurean extravaganza. The stellar lineup of chefs and restaurants includes: The Porch’s Chef Jonathon Clemons, The Patriot’s Chef David Dein, Hawks Public House’s Chef Michael Fagnoni, Classique Catering’s Chef Michael Hagerty, Hook and Ladder’s Chef Matt Masera, Skool on K’s Chef Toshihiro ‘Moto’ Nagano, de Vere’s Chef Wes Nilssen, Zocalo’s Chef Ryan Rose, The Firehouse Restaurant and Ten22’s Chef Jay Veregge, The Well at the Capitol’s Chef Dan Watterson and Sunnyside Restaurant and Lodge’s Chef Robb Wyss.  Local vineyards, wineries, and distilleries have also stepped forward to support this event: Andis, Azunia Tequilla, Bogle Vineyards, Charles Krug, Cooper Vineyards, Gold River Distillery, Hillenbrand Brewery, Mellowood Vineyard, Michael David, Moniz Family Wines, Sean Minor Wines, and Sobon Estate/Shenandoah Vineyards. Following the tasting, there will be dessert and a spirited live auction featuring unique once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. 

March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction will take place on Thursday, October 19. The event begins at 6:00 p.m. at Memorial Auditorium, 1515 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95814. Tables of ten for the event are $2,500, and individual tickets for the event are $250 per person.  For more information, visit or contact Eiko Arashiro at 916-922-1913.

Local sponsors supporting March of Dimes include: Platinum Sponsor: Utilligent, Silver Sponsors: Blue Iron, Mednax, Sutter Health, Bronze Sponsors: Capital City Loan & Jewelry, Crowe Horwath LLP, Gateway Pacific, Sacramento State, Sysco Sacramento, UC Davis Children’s Hospital and Wells Fargo, and Media Sponsor: Sacramento Magazine.

About March of Dimes

March of Dimes leads the fight for the health of all moms and babies. We support research, lead programs and provide education and advocacy so that every baby can have the best possible start. Building on a successful 80-year legacy of impact and innovation, we empower every mom and every family.

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